Society Archives at University of California Riverside

Decluttering? Want “backup” copies of your SCA scrolls, photos? Did you know that the University of California Riverside Libraries has created a permanent SCA archival collection?

In September 2011, the SCA announced that the University of California Riverside Libraries will be opening a permanent Society for Creative Anachronism Special Collection and Archive. Melissa Conway, then Head of Special Collections, and Master Aldred von Lechsend aus Froschheim (Charles Alderson), the Society Archivist, were approached by author and former UCR alumnus and Special Collections assistant Daryl Mallett (THL Vallawulf Rurikson) in early 2011 to provide a permanent home for the SCA.

“It made sense,” said Mallett in an interview with KGVY News. “The Eaton Collection is the largest collection of science fiction and fantasy in the world. The SCA’s founder is fantasy writer Diana Paxson and lots of sf/f writers have been part of the SCA over the years. We also have dozens of printing presses and other anachronisms in the collections, as well as hundreds of medieval books and manuscripts and incunabula…”

The materials in this collection will include a variety of publications and other media both by and about the Society since the group’s inception. (If you are interested in viewing UCR’s other collections, including the world-renowned J. Lloyd Eaton Collection of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, the largest such collection in institutional hands in the world, please visit their website at http://library.ucr.edu/?view=collections/spcol

From the Stock Clerk’s office, the SCA will be supplying copies of The Compleat Anachronist, available copies of Tournaments Illuminated, officer handbooks, and other materials. But, as this is but a percentage of materials ever published, the SCA needs contributions from individuals. Specifically, members are being asked to provide back issues of Tournaments Illuminated (please check with Countess Leonora, below, for the issue numbers needed), arts and sciences publications, kingdom histories, relevant theses, local and kingdom newsletters, photographs, event publications, videos, newspaper clippings (must include newspaper name, city and date), copies of kingdom law (past and present), personal SCA diaries, music, books and any other publications that chronicle the history and activities of the Society, scrolls or copies thereof, videos, A&S papers, etc. While this collection is mainly focused on media, artifacts (i.e. costumes, armor or other physical items) will also be considered.

If you have publications or media you would like to contribute, please contact the SCA Liaison to the UCR Libraries, Countess Leonora Morgana (Stacie Tibbetts) at or at 714-544-8490 before 8 pm PST. (The University Libraries are unable to accept direct donations on behalf of the Society, and sending them materials directly could result in their loss.)

If you are contributing an item that has been privately produced, you will need to include a gift donation form, which can be found at the UCR Library Website. (This isn’t necessary if you are donating your copy of a Society publication.) All personal submissions will be juried to ensure that the materials are representative of the Society and to avoid supplying them with duplicates.

Please be aware that the existing SCA archives will not, as a whole, be part of this donation (although select materials, such as governing documents, may be included). Master Aldred von Lechsend aus Froschheim (Charles Alderson), the Society Archivist, will continue to gladly accept contributions and be available for reference questions. He may be reached at .